THE LIMERICK Jazz Society will celebrate more than 30 years in existence at this weekend’s jazz festival, which boasts a programme with 20 events taking place across the city.
Limerick Jazz Society chairperson John Daly said that there will be a “mixture for events for all ages and all music lovers” at the event, which takes place from this Friday, September 25 to Sunday, September 27.
The first major event, he said, kicks off with a 100th anniversary tribute to Frank Sinatra, by the Paul Dunlea Big Band.
“[Paul Dunlea] is a superb trombone player, musician, arranger and composer, and he’s writing for people all over the world,” said John, the driving force behind the festival.
“He is a real talented guy and he’s going to play in New York at the end of October for a Sinatra tribute with big guys in New York, so he’s very well known and very well respected. And he’s bringing his Big Band here, and it will have musicians from all over the country.”
Mr Daly added that not everyone has to be into jazz to enjoy the three-day festivities, which takes place in several venues around the city, including Ormston House, Dolan’s, 69 O’Connell Street, Clarion Hotel, the Hunt Museum, the City Art Gallery and many more.
“Saturday is going to be an all-event day,” he explained. “There’s going to be something happening in the Milk Market and there’s going to be workshop for kids in Ormston House.
“There’s going to be music on the street in Thomas Street. There is going to be a performance in the art gallery. There is going to be a workshop for people who know nothing about jazz and would like to learn, at the Hunt Museum at about 2.15pm.”
He said that one of the highlights of the weekend will be the Paul Jost Project, and Phil Ware Trio and Perico Sambeat, who will perform on Saturday and Sunday.
See Limerick Jazz Festival for full details and to book tickets.